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In John 4:23-24, Jesus emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in worship. Our worship of God in Mass and other experiences should lift our spirits and transform us. God wants to uplift us. This video explains how it happens.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 8th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In John Chapter four, we have the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus meets her at the well. He talks to her, brings her to conversion. She’s the woman who had had five husbands, and she ends up converting the whole town – the whole village – because of what Jesus said to her and how He ministered to her. In the midst of that story is something very interesting about the Holy Spirit that I’d like to highlight. In verse 23, through 24 Jesus says, “The hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. And indeed the Father seeks such people to worship Him. God is Spirit”, He explains, “and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and Truth.” Why does He say this? Why is He emphasizing this?

Well let me ask you this question. When you go to Mass, when you do anything that is any worship experience, what kind of a spirit do you have? Do you have a spirit of joy? Do you have a spirit of peace? Or do you have a spirit, at least sometimes of – I wonder what time it is, we’ve got a lot to do today, and this homily is going awfully long. A spirit of impatience? Do you have a spirit of exalting God, a spirit of worship that is, that’s so so full of the Holy Spirit that there’s no words to describe it? Do you have such a spirit of worship in you that when you are praying, when you’re in Mass, when you’re celebrating Jesus’s presence in the Eucharist, are you lifted higher than your normal earthly existence? You know saints levitated because they were so much in the Spirit as they worshiped, that earth no longer held them.

That’s normal Christian living if we’re willing to take it that far. Most of us don’t. But that’s the promise. That’s what God is saying is possible. That’s what God desires. God is Spirit as Jesus said, and when we worship God as He truly is, we are connecting our spirit to His Spirit. We’re uniting our spirits. We are letting the Holy Spirit in us (because we received the Holy Spirit in Baptism) we’re letting the Holy Spirit in us connect us so closely to God’s Spirit – God the Father’s Spirit and to Jesus’s Spirit – that we’re elevated. Our mood is elevated. Any discouragement is elevated to hope. But now I’m talking about the benefits to us. What about the benefits to God? Because God is wanting that.

God is wanting such closeness with us that our worship is so beautiful, so on fire with His presence, that we are transformed by it. And that’s what He wants. He wants us to be transformed, lifted up, and become our best selves – the full potential of what God designed for us. Let me give you an example. A long time ago, I began to experience something in Mass. This came after I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Before the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I worshiped in church. I felt connected to God. But after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, my whole being felt so connected to God that my soul, my spirit, directs my body instead of my body directing my spirit. And what I mean by that is, I feel uplifted so much that I can’t hold my hands down when I’m praying. I’m like, “Oh Lord, thank You! Praise You!” in my heart, in my spirit. It’s like I want to reach up to Him.

I want to to do what the early Christians did. Normal prayer was to open the palms up to God and raise our hands up because we are raising or if we’re feeling raised up in spirit. Of course, I don’t want to draw attention to myself. I want people to stay focused on Jesus and what’s happening in the Mass, so I keep my hands down low. People around me can see it, yes, and I hope that’s a witness to them. But I keep it minimal to not draw attention to myself. But when the music’s playing, how much is the Spirit of God alive in you then? When the music’s playing, I especially if it’s a faster tune, I can’t help but, you know, bounce along with it, you know, in the rhythm of a little tiny dance in my pew because my spirit is dictating my body rather than my body dictating my spirit.

That’s what God wants for you, too. He wants you to in whatever expression works best for you whatever you’re comfortable with or maybe not so comfortable at first, but that’s your flesh. What is your spirit comfortable with? Let your spirit, let the Holy Spirit in you, free. Let Him have the freedom to lift you to higher heights whenever you’re worshiping God. God bless you. May your spirit soar.

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